Wednesday, 16 January 2013

At LONG last!!!

A NEW project. I am still plugging away on the Layers piece slowly but needed a new piece to get me rolling again after Christmas and all that it entails. I am TIRED! My 70th birthday really hit home and today, I feel every single year. Never mind. I am well, happy and HERE! What more could one ask? Thank God for all of His mercies.

We had a lovely visit with our daughter and son in law this past weekend and had a wee party for them in our tiny house. It was like a church meeting here, chairs lined up in rows in the living room:-) Maybe I should have taken a collection! Guess I missed my chance. Anyway, we DID enjoy it. They came home for my 70th birthday, very very much appreciated as it is a 16 hour drive from their house to ours.

Now to this new project. I believe I HAVE shown you the photo before  but just in case- here it is. It is a very close up centre of a spectacular red and purple iris taken by me at the Royal Botanical Gardens a few years ago. I am aiming for a sort of Georgia O'Keefe effect only not so huge as her work. It will be about 24" x30", more if I decide to border it.
I have begun to choose fabrics and to see which ones I still need to dye more of. More yellows , more lighter values and more very deep purply blue for the veins.
I have further cropped the photo as I want the nicely abstracted centre of the flower for my subject. Talk about "up close and personal"!
There , you get the idea of size as it is all sitting on my big gridded cutting board, one inch squares. I will dye a bit more fabric today and then get a start. I cannot wait! I have been chomping at the bit to get creative again. Sitting about is NOT my bag. I hope to post this on the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com

Little addition- I have eight fat quarters batching as well as a metre of intense blue/purple on the floor in the living room. Wish me luck!
All Ziplocked on plates waiting to get nicely soaked in and melded together. Stay tuned, folks!

12 comments:

  1. It's huge. And it's going to be gorgeous!

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  2. Love the vibrant colours of the iris !!!!
    (that will be another gorgeous piece of work no doubt !)

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  3. I love your iris photo. Gorgeous colours and I can't wait to see your progress on it. A belated Happy Birthday. It was nice that you got to celebrate with family.
    My husband's 60th was on Sunday and likewise, the family all came.

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  4. very impressive. Happy birthday!

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  5. Happy Birthday -- and what a beautiful way to celebrate!

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  6. Happy Birthday Carolyn.

    A friend just told me that 70 is the new 50 (: Besides that art is ageless. You are doing great work. I really enjoy following along. Hope you detail your procedure as you work on Layers.

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  7. I love those colours! Did you dye the first set too? If so, you did a wonderful job! I really need to start dying fabric, the colours are magnificent! As for being 70, I just turned 50 and have been reflecting quite a bit, you are such an inspiration!

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  9. Hi Carolynn, finally read it! Ilike how you are planning and lucky you that your creative juices came back. Oh, 70, it is nothing. You are still young. I like your order when you are dyeing. these little bowls all in a row. The colours are beautiful.

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  10. My best wishes for a happy new life year. Your project will be fantastic!

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  11. Oh, Carolynn, This will be spectacular--stunning colors. It sounds like you celebrated your birthday in a joyous manner. By the way, I may be in Knoxville at the beginning of March (no firm plans yet)--any chance you'd be in the area then?
    best, nadia

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